This car is a rocket, it will run with new ecoboost Mustangs at the stoplight but you don't have to drive around in a car that screams "I peaked in high school" to get that much acceleration. It also seems to be very well built mostly, the ride is taught but not punishing and the engine is just a joy both in feel and sound. I got the automatic and I don't regret not getting the manual even though Honda manuals are very sweet, you pay a big penalty in mileage with the manual because it doesn't do cylinder deactivation. Handling is secure and it goes around corners quite well but you can feel all that weight up front and it never begs to be pushed really hard around corners, you can just sense that it will end in some pretty hefty understeer. Its more GT or business mans muscle than a sports car which suits me fine as I have more need to blow away mini vans at the stop light than canyons to carve on a daily basis. Having my kidneys turned into pudding on my commute is not my idea of fun the way it was when I was 19 so I appreciate the nice ride.
People complain about the touch screen, and I agree that they need to be banished from cars because they are unsafe but in reality you will use the steering wheel controls for almost everything so it doesn't actually matter. The stereo itself is not half bad which is good since there is no optional branded upgrade package where they stencil Harmon Kardon or Pioneer on the dash and add $1500 to the price. It hooked up easily to my phone but I can't comment on Android Auto because my current phone isn't compatible. Where the infotainment drops the ball hard is with voice recognition. It works for your phonebook but not on music. We also own recent Ford and GM stuff and being able to call up specific songs like that is something I really will miss.
Aside from the voice recognition being behind the times there are some noise issues that bother me. There is wind noise coming in from the drivers door and there are some buzzing noises that seem to be coming from the door trim or inside the door but I can't pin them down. They crop up on pavement that isn't smooth, it sets up some sort of vibration and the panel starts to buzz. Rattles, buzzing and wind noise are not what I expected in a new Accord, my 2015 Fusion is like a bank vault and its the cheap model. The sunroof however is about the quietest I have ever heard when its open in either mode, there isn't much noise penalty to having it open in vent mode at all. Update: The wind noise and buzzing are gone, something must have seated in finally in the weather stripping.
The interior is pretty well done, nothing feels really cheap but there is still a lot more hard plastic than on my Fusion or our Chevy, there is also a lot of piano black glossy finish hard plastic that experience has shown will get scuffed very quickly. The leather seating is quite nice if it fits you, it does me but I can tell it won't fit everyone. There are also water bottle holders molded into the door trim....that don't fit any bottle we own.
The exterior is tasteful even with the new sportier touches, unless you get the red it won't attract any police attention. It would be nice if Honda would offer some fun colors though. Red, white, black, blue, grey and silver....thats it. The blue and red are just plain primary red and blue too, would it be too much to ask to get the purple from the CR-Z or the raspberry that was on CR-V's a couple years ago?
Overall I am pretty happy, the dealers are quite willing to just give Accord Coupes away without any hassle. So while it might look competitive in price to a bare bones ecoboost mustang on the sticker price of $31700 the reality is that you should be out the door on an EX-L V6 for WELL under $30k...including taxes and fees. Got mine for $27,028 before tax, that is a steal for this much car.
Update: There is one area that has sold me on Honda for life and that is interior materials. I am really bothered by new car smell, which is just toxic garbage outgassing from the interior materials and this Accord has been better than I could hope for in regards to that. The smell was not nearly as heavy as any other cars I drove and it dissipated very quickly, after 6 months there isn't any smell at all when I hop in now. As a comparison my wifes new Chevy Equinox is 5 months older and opening the doors is still punishing and I need to drive with the windows down for a few minutes to air it. The 2 year Ford Fusion lease that we returned also still had a very strong chemical smell after 2 years.
This factor alone will have me in a Honda forever unless they start going down the chinese toxic waste interior material path as well.
First, let me say that I really love my new Honda Accord Coupe for the most part.
Here is what you need to know.
The front seat is nice and very comfortable.
Love the leather and the inside looks nice - also the outside.
The build seems very solid.
The car is quiet driving.
The gas mileage on the 4cyl is unbelievable.
I got almost 50 mpg on the highway...no kidding, it blew me away.
The audio sound I thought was good.
The audio system controls are annoying and hard to get around.
The car drives like a sports car (think 350z) - you will feel every bump.
(If you're looking for a smooth ride, it's average at best...the ride is bumpy, but fun.)
>>updated -- I think a lot has to do with tires. DON'T GET THE BRIDGSTONES -- very rough ride.
Make them put on the Michelins. Or you'll be sorry.
The USB ports were put in bad places.
That's about all I can say on the bad side.
Would I buy it again, I'm not sure - they need to fix a few things.
I was hoping for a smoother ride. (tires)
You'll just have to test drive it to understand what I mean.
Make sure you take it on some rough roads.
It's a great looking car, especially at night with the LED taillights. I want to like it, and I do for the most part. I just haven't bonded with it like I did my last two Hondas. There isn't anything objectively wrong with it, I just don't feel a connection to it. It's just a car to me, one that I won't be sad to get rid of. The fuel economy is not what I had hoped for. I'm averaging just 24 MPG with mixed driving. Hopefully it will get better when I put more miles on it. The seats are not quite as comfortable as on the 2016 Civic, but they're not bad. Having Apple CarPlay is a fantastic feature that I wouldn't want to go without, but it does take quite a while to start up when compared to other vehicles I've tried it on. The back seats are comfortable enough for short trips, and the trunk is huge. A couple of things I don't like: There is a fair bit of wind noise that sounds like it's coming from the door seal right next to my ear. There is no volume knob. Not the biggest thing in the world because it does have volume controls on the steering wheel. Still, I'd rather have one. I'm also not a big fan of the glossy black trim on the inside. It scratches easily and always looks smudged.
There were BIG changes made with just about all of the mechanical aspects of this car. The outside appearance is about the same as prior years. Having had it less than a month, it is more sporty.... this car purrs as moves along, our prior Accord was extremely quiet and business like. The 2016 feels so different, as well as sounding different. The suspension is improved. we like the wheels MUCH better. We can't rate maintenance cost, or resale value but our prior Accord was outstanding, which is why we bought another one. But the 2016 is not just another one. We didn't know what was in store when we bought it, not entirely. After a very short time owning this outstanding value, so much for your money, we are so very, very glad we did buy it. The only thing that needs any attention is the navigation. It does not work as well, as smoothly, as our 2008 Lexus. We hope that a technician can improve it's performance....
I was excited to get an EX sensing coupe for the price of an LX coupe. The wheels are much nicer on the EX. Coming from an '07 Accord coupe v6 and the improved fuel economy is amazing. I do miss the power of the v6, but the power is acceptable and allows for easy merging. I'm also getting better combined mileage in traffic than I ever did with straight highway driving and no traffic with the old v6. The plethora of listening options are great and Android Auto works very well on my Galaxy S7. I do however, wish that I could use Pandora while Android Auto was active, and that the sound system was a little better. I was expecting a bit more from the upgraded system with subwoofer. Sound quality isn't the greatest, and neither is the bass, even with the sub. The ride strikes a very nice balance between compliance and sportiness. It feels planted, but not harsh.
Update September 2016:
Positive: Pandora is now usable from Android Auto. Powerful for a 4 cylinder. Great mileage.
Negative: I was unhappy with the OEM tires, so they were replaced with tires that have better traction overall, especially in inclement weather. The car will often forget my phone and I need to go through and pair it again. Android Auto doesn't always engage the first time when plugging the phone in.